Lil Wayne’s song “6 Foot 7 Foot. ” on his album Tha Carter IV is a true piece of poetry, where he asserts and re-establishes himself as an intelligent, honest, hardworking and an overall superior man compared to other rappers. While Wayne was in prison serving an eight month sentence, he was disrespected and looked down upon by the rap community, but this song helped him reinstate himself as one of the leading rappers of this generation through his use of puns and contrasting personality traits in metaphors.
Mind so sharp I fuck around and cut my head off.
Wayne first asserts himself as smart and witty through this pun. Saying he is “so sharp” is a common figure of speech people use to describe themselves as intelligent and quick-thinking. Saying he is so sharp he will “cut his head off” is a clever way of saying he is very smart, especially compared to others. This use of language fits with Laurence Perrine’s interpretation of poetry, as it appeals to the reader’s sense of intelligence and understanding the pun, but also imagination as they imagine the scene of Wayne being so intelligent he actually loses his head. This fits in with his claim that he is smarter and overall superior to other rappers, because through this metaphor he not only states that he is intelligent, he also uses language to display that he is clever, enforcing his assertion on his intelligence and proving he is smart.
I speak the truth, but I guess that’s a foreign language to y’all.
Wayne continues to enforce his claim of superiority through his honesty, and he does this by contrasting his personality traits to those of other rappers in a metaphor. By saying, “I speak the truth”, he means that he is honest, which is an important personality trait for someone like him to have, as some people may believe he is dishonest because of his wild life stories or exorbitant claims he makes about his fame or wealth. Then he says that speaking the truth is “a foreign language to y’all”, meaning that many other rappers are liars and make faulty claims about themselves. By comparing himself, he asserts himself as truthful compared to many other rappers who are dishonest, and this builds his persona as superior to other rappers. This applies to Perrine’s definition of poetry as Wayne “provides a series of concrete, homely details that suggest these qualities”, which he does by giving details stating that he speaks the truth but other rappers are liars, proving that he is superior to them.
Bitch, real Gs move in silence like lasagna.
Wayne uses another pun to further prove his hardworking nature and superiority. In the rap community people often refer to themselves as a “G”, and it stands for gangster. In this line Wayne refers to himself as a G saying that he moves in silence, similar to how the G in lasagna is silent, but says other rappers don’t because they are not real gangsters. Furthermore, saying he moves in silence means he doesn’t brag about his work and is truly devoted to his craft, and doesn’t care if people know about the effort he is putting in. This proves his hardworking nature because he is more focused on actually working and making good music, rather than trying to appear to the public in one way or another, as other rappers might. By doing this, he claims he is more devoted to making music and more hardworking than other rappers, and proves his overall claim that he is superior to them. His writing also applies to Perrine’s claim about multi-dimensional language, as it has deeper meaning than the line conveys on the surface.
Overall, Wayne proves he is intelligent through his use of puns, honest by contrasting other rappers to him in a metaphor, and hardworking through a pun about how he handles his work. By doing this, he proves he is superior on a greater level compared to other rappers, and this solidified himself back atop the rap community.
4 thoughts on “How does Lil Wayne Measure Up?”
As a fan of Lil Wayne, I have always thought that his wordplay and use of figurative language was underrated, I like how you go straight into your evidence by starting with a quote that is pretty easy to understand because smart people being described as sharp is very common, but at the same time has a deeper meaning. I also really like how you tweak the wordplay of the quote to “being so intelligent he actually loses his head” so you took his literal quote, and made it figurative which I am a fan of. I like the second quote as well because it displays Wayne’s confidence in himself and is him saying he is a real one. Overall this post represents what I like about Lil Wayne, his confidence to always speak his mind in his music and then to back up those claims by delivering with funny and clever lines.
I see the figurative language, but how does Lil Wayne comment on some broader poetic ideas? Does he comment on broader experiences?
To be honest, I’m not well versed in Lil Wayne’s music, but this one is on my playlist because of the variety of figurative language in it. I think it’s comical because he’s saying things in a slick way. To your point, in his lyrics, he’s making statements about being superior in very simple ways. Almost like he’s dumbing it down for those who are not on his level. The tone throughout the song is pretty condescending which I love. Good choice!
I enjoy your clarity in laying out how the language has many dimensions. I would love to hear your ideas on some other artists, such as Chief Keef and Professor Longhair. I especially appreciated the lasagna wrinkle.